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Several times in the past few days I have felt my milk let down and it really hurt. Baby was not nursing any of these times. A couple times I was talking about breastfeeding right before it happened so I don't know if that got things going or what, but why would this be happening and WHY does it hurt?
I get this, or something similar, all the time. It is totally random - no pattern, not talking about breastfeeding, or even thinking about my son ... no babies crying nearby, no kids around at all sometimes. Just out of the blue, all of a sudden my breasts will get a painful pins and needles sensation that is particularly uncomfortable. I figure it's my letdown; I don't actually feel letdown when I'm nursing, but it's the same feeling as I get before I start leaking on occasions when I DO have a crying baby or something similar nearby. The closest thing to a pattern I've noticed is that it often happens about 2 hours after I've nursed/pumped (I pump or nurse every 3 hours, so an hour before I'm "due").
I can't help with any of the why's, but at least you aren't the only one!
I'm totally guessing here but I would think it might have something to do with oversupply or overactive letdown. I have an overactive letdown myself and this happens to me, usually every 2 hours if I haven't fed my son yet. It hurts!
mama to 5 yr old DS1 , 3 year old DS2 , and nursling DD .
I always have had a more painful letdown, even now it's very intense. I would letdown between feedings when I leaked, so you will probably notice leaking when it happens. A lot of new moms leak, but I agree, it is likely because of oversupply and and overactive letdown. It's something that usually corrects itself though within the first few months as your supply establishes.
Andrea, mom to Abigail (6) Annabelle (4) and Alexis (1)